Klein a finalist for Unitas Golden Arm Award

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein has been named one of 15 finalists for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given annually to college football’s best senior quarterback.

Klein joins fellow Big 12 quarterbacks Geno Smith of West Virginia, Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Nick Florence of Baylor on the list of finalists for the award, which goes to the quarterback who “encapsulates all that is positive in college sports by going beyond completion percentage and touchdowns to also value character, citizenship, integrity, and those who honor the game.”

The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner will be announced Dec. 7 at the award presentation in Baltimore, Md.

Klein is 16-4 as a starting quarterback and has passed for 887 yards and seven touchdowns this season, while also rushing for 405 yards and seven more scores. According to, Klein is No. 2 candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

The Loveland, Colo., native also currently ranks first among all active quarterbacks and second among all players with 40 career rushing touchdowns. Klein is also one of only four players in the history of the game to rush for 20 or more touchdowns and throw for 10 or more in the same season, joining three Heisman winners.

Fifth-ranked K-State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) travels to Iowa State (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday for an 11 a.m. kickoff from Jack Trice Stadium, televised nationally on FX.

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